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Old 12-26-20, 05:24 PM
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December Video Footage



I managed to shoot some footage from a recent ride along an unmaintained forest trail in my home town. The ground conditions were extremely rough that day riddled with hard packed craters and sections of icy washboard. Full credit goes out to my studded Gravdal tires.

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Old 12-26-20, 05:37 PM
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“Over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house we go!”.

At least it eventually warmed up out of the 20’s but fortunately I was dressed perfectly for the cooler temperatures. I hadn’t planned to ride over to the in laws but at the last minute it just seemed like the thing to do.

Another great post Christmas Day lunch headed up by my wife but many contributions by the whole clan including my son’s






Brunswick stew. As long as cranberry sauce is involved as a part of the meal I’m all in!!!

It was a red plaid affair, too.
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Old 12-26-20, 05:47 PM
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70 degrees on the day after Christmas so I had to make time to enjoy some steel on a local walking, running, biking trail.


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Old 12-26-20, 05:55 PM
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60 degrees here. I got in just shy of 14 miles. I should have taken an extra minute or two to compose the pic, but here it is.

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Old 12-27-20, 09:24 PM
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Greetings from South Florida. Today started at 49 degrees at 7:30 ending up to low 70s before noon. Rode 53 miles to Miami Beaach and back giving me just 21 miles short of 7,500 for the year with two more ride days planned.

2020 terrible for many people in many ways. For healthy retirees became an opportunity to ride a lot, cement friendships and get out into the fresh air.

Wishing all a safe and healthy 2021.
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Old 12-27-20, 09:28 PM
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Unexpectedly retired for the season due to Scapulothoracic Bursitis. Any been there, done that?
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Christmas Eve

A brisk Christmas Eve morning pedal.

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Old 12-28-20, 11:49 AM
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Sorry a bit late, last ride Dec. 26, Sand Creek Trail, Co. Springs, CO.

The end of the Sand Creek Trail, just past Fountain Blvd. heading north.

Same view but heading South, to pick up a bike lane and head towards home.
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Unexpectedly retired for the season due to Scapulothoracic Bursitis. Any been there, done that?
No Scap-Bursitis experience but Winged Scapula right side from April 2011 bicycle crash that resulted in minor broken neck, broken clavicle, Thoracic Nerve Damage = Winged Scapula (still apparent}

35weeks ago today at 1:25AM a 150+ pound wild pig ran into me while bicycling so another April crash. Results were cracked left scapula, 2 broken ribs, punctured lung, shoulder trauma. Went out this morning at 1:25AM for 45 mile anniversary ride. Saw a little piggy close to my crash site.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
No Scap-Bursitis experience but Winged Scapula right side from April 2011 bicycle crash that resulted in minor broken neck, broken clavicle, Thoracic Nerve Damage = Winged Scapula (still apparent}

35weeks ago today at 1:25AM a 150+ pound wild pig ran into me while bicycling so another April crash. Results were cracked left scapula, 2 broken ribs, punctured lung, shoulder trauma. Went out this morning at 1:25AM for 45 mile anniversary ride. Saw a little piggy close to my crash site.
So sorry to learn of your misfortunes. Bet the rehab was painful and much too long keeping you off your ride. Good to hear you are back at it, even if the piggies are still out to get you.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
No Scap-Bursitis experience but Winged Scapula right side from April 2011 bicycle crash that resulted in minor broken neck, broken clavicle, Thoracic Nerve Damage = Winged Scapula (still apparent}

35weeks ago today at 1:25AM a 150+ pound wild pig ran into me while bicycling so another April crash. Results were cracked left scapula, 2 broken ribs, punctured lung, shoulder trauma. Went out this morning at 1:25AM for 45 mile anniversary ride. Saw a little piggy close to my crash site.
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Unexpectedly retired for the season due to Scapulothoracic Bursitis. Any been there, done that?
Sorry to hear about this, hopefully, you guys recover quickly.
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Old 12-30-20, 05:37 PM
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Sorry to hear about this, hopefully, you guys recover quickly.
Doing much - MUCH better. Finally able to do another overnight 101 miles, this time under the FULL MOON.
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Old 01-02-21, 06:36 AM
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New Year and 1st ride yesterday was 102 miles. 55 being dragged around behind buddy Ghost Rider then 47 SLOW and WINDY recuperative miles. Food shopping miles on grocery grabber today.

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Old 01-02-21, 04:57 PM
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First ride of the new year, finally the rain stopped



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Old 01-04-21, 05:36 PM
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Jan 4 and 70+ degrees. Texas. WFH ride.
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Got in our first ride for 2021, although it was more a "errand run", still it had be snowy and COLD for most of last week and the the roads finally cleared enough to be safe (except for the ice patches in the shady spots!!) so we got our and put in 10 miles RT. It was 37 F when we left the apt. sunny with a slightly chilly breeze. Used Bike Lanes, back streets and urban trails, even if it's short enjoyed the ride! YouTube video:
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Old 01-05-21, 11:10 PM
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Playing in my hilly playground this morning. The takeaway was a pedal strike to my right shin. 3 punctures from my pedal's pins. At least it matches my left shin now with regards to scars. All good with me!
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Got in a ride on the 8th. as we are expecting snow and cold by Saturday afternoon here in So. CO. 13 mile RT, using trails, bike lanes and back streets around the area. It was sunny 40 F with a quite chilly breeze for the ride.

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Finally got back on the bike today after not riding for a while. Sinuses have been so bad the issue lingered for so long I even got a COVID test. My legs felt decent from continuing to walk 18 holes but my lungs were toast. The heart rate would immediately surge on most hills.

But I managed a nice sunny ride from the house to High Rock Lake and the land of Lexington BBQ. It was nice to be back on the bike and think about Earl Gillon, gone way too soon one year ago.

I did see the darnedest thing along the way. A fella on a moped passed me going through Spencer. On his back was a fairly large log similar to a Boxer. It looked like the dog had his hind legs standing on the seat behind the driver. The dog’s front legs were draped across the driver’s shoulders on each side of his neck. I think the dog had on a harness and I’m thinking it was strapped around the dog and also the drivers chest. People on the sidewalk were shaking their heads in disbelief. I sure wish I’d gotten a photo.





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Originally Posted by Batstar View Post

I managed to shoot some footage from a recent ride along an unmaintained forest trail in my home town. The ground conditions were extremely rough that day riddled with hard packed craters and sections of icy washboard. Full credit goes out to my studded Gravdal tires.
Same tires that I run on my 1995 beater Rocky Mountain mountain bike. A week ago here in Southern Québec we got a good dump of snow (about 20 cm) and it stuck around all week with tolerably cold weather. I've been having severe neck and shoulder pain. I've tried various stretches and exercises but no luck. The only things that seem to work are Advil, and biking. So I rode 6 out of 7 days this week, for a total of 143 km, rides of 14-30 km. Temperatures were below freezing, the coldest day being -7C plus self-generated wind chill factor. At these temperatures, 30 km is about my endurance limit especially for my feet. In spite of the cold and discomfort I'll take it to indoor riding any day. A couple of rides were in splendid sunshine. Not a bad start for the year, I'm hoping to beat last year's 8703.5 km with 121,405 m of ascent, about 80% gravel, which is my lifetime record. I'm 62.







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A short 24 miler on the gravel bike just tooling around.

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Short sleeves and gravel kind of day.
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On Sunday we got in 16 miles on a chilly but sunny So. CO. day. We rode mostly urban trails and bike lanes with a few back streets thrown in the mix! We headed up into the lower area of the North Cheyenne Canyon Park here in Co. Springs to have lunch at the Sacred Grounds Cafe. The light breeze had a bit to it but we really NEEDED a ride as it's been cold and gray for several days!! We headed back down the Canyon then over to pick up the Mesa Springs Greenway to it's end then back to the apartment via the Pikes Peak Greenway! Here is a link to the video of the ride!
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Sunny and 40 so I took the Bridge Club out for an easy 20 mile ride along the river.
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Got in 17 miles on Thursday with my wife Jo, we rode over to Manitou Springs, via the Palmer Mesa Greenway and the Midland Trail. Stopped at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort here in Co. Springs, as my wife makes and sells crocheted items and the Lodge sales them for her. Then over to the swimming pool park for our brown bag lunch. Headed back the longer way home, picking up the Shooks Run Trail heading north up to our apartment. Sunny, chilly breeze a bit of ice still in places on the trails.

The best lodging to stay in Colorado Springs, CO. if you ride a bike! The Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort!
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